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Idyllic cycling on endless paths – German Sluice Route

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Idyllic cycling on endless paths – German Sluice Route

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah

3

Tours

11:42 h

119 mi

750 ft

Endless paths along dykes, flanked by fields of grazing sheep and cows – a picture-book idyll awaits on the German Sluice Route. Lush green expanses of marshland, charming North Sea villages and traditional Melkhüs rest houses serving dairy produce lie en route. Framed by dykes and the sea, this is a relaxing ride. Let yourself unwind as you follow the Sluice Route through the Wesermarsch region.

The German Sluice Route is circular so you can start wherever suits you best. It runs 190 kilometres (118 mi) along the Weser River to the mouth of the North Sea. You follow riverside paths along the North Saxon Wadden Sea to the Jade Bay before looping inland. The route is named after the so-called ‘sluice’ water drainage channels, through dykes and into the North Sea. You find out on this Tour exactly how these sluices work.

Since the route is completely flat, it’s wonderfully suited for cycling Tours with children. You can decide for yourself how long to make each stage depending on your stamina. Just save the full Tour and create your own daily stages.

In this Collection, I’ve divided the route into three Tours between 45 and 75 kilometres (28 and 46.6 mi) long. At the end of each ride, you stay at idyllic campsites on the Jadebusen and Weser rivers.

This Collection starts in Nordenham which is convenient if you’re looking for underground car parking. You can also arrive by train as the Sluice Route leads right by the station. All of the stations between Elfleth and Nordenham lie on the Regio-S-Bahn line 4 from Bremen and are equally convenient starting points. I wish you a wonderful adventure!

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Deutsche Sielroute

118 mi

750 ft

750 ft

Last updated: February 14, 2022

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von Nordenham nach Schweiburg – Deutsche Sielroute

    Intermediate
    04:03
    40.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this section of the Sielroute you drive 65 kilometers from Nordenham to the North Sea campsite on the Jadebusen. The Regio-S-Bahn runs from Bremen to Nordenham via Elsfleth, Kirchhammelwarden, Brake and Rodenkirchen - so boarding is also possible at these stations without any problems.

    

    The route is

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  • Intermediate
    04:44
    48.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The second stage is a little longer at 78 kilometers, but the landscape remains flat, so you can cycle the kilometers away in no time. It takes you to Ranzenbüttel, where another idyllic campsite on the banks of the Weser awaits you.

    

    You say goodbye to the Jadebusen and cycle inland into the landscape

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    29.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today the circle closes: after 47 kilometers of cycling happiness you reach your starting point in Nordenham again. The route runs dead straight along the Weser and you can once again enjoy the long dike paths to the fullest.

    

    Right at the beginning you have the opportunity to get a small souvenir from

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    119 mi
  • Duration
    11:42 h
  • Elevation
    750 ft

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